Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary Reviews

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March 13, 2020
The lack of technical talk or analysis of his music seems not only a discredit to the legendary man and his craft, but a disappointment to longtime fans and neophytes, eager to learn more about him.
May 19, 2017
Like Coltrane's music, the sheer brilliance of his musicianship cuts through the clutter.
May 4, 2017
This documentary about John Coltrane provides a fine overview of his career for the uninitiated and plenty of lesser-known information for fans.
May 4, 2017
He was, and is, loved, supremely, by millions. "Chasing Trane" shares the love.
May 4, 2017
So much of what they have to say sounds banal or extraneous compared to the music heard on the soundtrack.
April 28, 2017
Chasing Trane wraps you in a hypnotic, jazz-influenced embrace you won't want to escape.
April 27, 2017
This has been a rich year for jazz-related documentaries. That happy trend continues with Chasing Trane.
April 27, 2017
In the end, it's the music, and not the testimonials, that makes the movie.
April 26, 2017
Washington is a wonderful voice, but his readings of Coltrane's words don't match seeing the artist in motion. The constant stream of still photos, with a recognizable actor's voice, has a distancing effect.
April 21, 2017
John Coltrane, who died at age 40 in 1967, gets the comprehensive documentary treatment in John Scheinfeld's terrific Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary.
April 20, 2017
"Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary" ought to appeal to longtime fans as well as neophytes.
April 14, 2017
[The film] offers ripples in Coltrane's legacy, including his heroin addiction, less-than-perfect marriages, and spiritual awakening. But it still feels empty, uncritical, and completely disassociated with today's times.
April 14, 2017
There are powerfully intimate moments of the film that make it a completely worthwhile experience.
April 14, 2017
Scheinfeld's approach is to give the viewer the forest, point out a few trees and get out, confident that those trees will inspire the viewer to spend more time in the forest.
April 13, 2017
As a biographical movie, "Chasing Trane" sticks to a conventional, dully informative format. Its ideal venue is a Coltrane tribute event or a classroom.
April 13, 2017
Informative and, at times, touching.
April 13, 2017
"Chasing Trane" is a seductive piece of middle-of-the-road documentary filmmaking; it gives you the basics, but beautifully.
April 12, 2017
A blur, a Microsoft Encarta entry run blandly amok.
April 11, 2017
It misses the mark as a major theatrical jazz documentary like I Called Him Morgan. But within its own specific genre, this film is illuminating.
April 10, 2017
A dully conventional film about a brilliantly unconventional musician.
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